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“The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork” is back in print. A Book Review.

January 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Gift Idea, Product Review

Dennis with two original Gillespie rifles.

Here is Dennis at a family reunion holding two original Gillespie rifles.

I was so excited to see that T. Dennis Glazener’s book on the Gillespie gun makers was reprinted I asked Dennis permission to review the book on my black powder website.
My personal copy has been read and reread many times and I have given a couple as gifts. The reason for this is pretty simple; The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork is a well researched and photographed work by a shooter, builder and history buff. Plus Dennis is the great, great, grandson of John Gillespie; John was the guy who started it all.
If you enjoy southern mountain rifles and southern history or are a Gillespie descendant, you must have T. Dennis Glazener’s book on the Gillespie gun makers. The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork details the genealogical history of three generations of the gunsmithing family as well as many pictures of the guns themselves. The book is clearly a labor of love as Dennis made many field trips and used original sources as well as public documents to bring 150 years of his prolific gun making family to life.
Another great thing about this book is that it has inspired many contemporary builders of flintlock and percussion longrifles to try their hands at recreating the Gillespie rifle. I know I enjoy my modern-made Gillespie long gun. That is it pictured above in the header of this website.

Thanks for reading!,
The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork
84 Pages- 8.5″ X 11″ Color soft cover.
Numerous black and white photographs of the guns, the Gillespie clan and family documents are included.
$22.50 plus $3.00 s/h via first class mail, add $1.60 if insurance is desired.

To purchase the book, make payment to:
T. D. Glazener
917 Manakin Road
Midlothian, VA 23113

To order the book online from the publisher,
click here.


6 Responses to ““The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork” is back in print. A Book Review.”
  1. I know Dennis and have had good dealings with him. His book is a must for anyone building Gillespie style rifles.

  2. LeAnn Johnson says:

    The one that made made the gun was my great great great…grandfather, and he was related to my great grandmother which was a Gillespie before she married a Templeton. It’s truly is amazing to me!
    LeAnn Johnson

  3. LeAnn,
    You are one of my distant Gillespie cousins if you descend from John Gillespie of East Fork NC. I would love to trade family information if you have any on any of the old gun makers from East Fork or Mills River NC.

    Dennis Glazener

  4. gilbreath says:

    I would like information on a Gillespie black powder, twisted double barrel shotgun. It has inlay down the flat between the barrel and has an engraving of a man bird hunting with foliage. It also has birds in flight. I would like to know when it was made and the value of the gun.
    Thank you for any information you can give me.

  5. Daniel Gillespie says:

    I just recently found out from my father that there is a Gillespie long rifle. Which totally blew me away because all my father does is research the Gillespie family history. I am a gun enthusiast and although I have never fired a black powder rifle I was excited to find out about our family long rifle. So a shout out here to any distance cousins. I am definitely going to be purchasing a copy of this book “The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork.”


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